Repeat designs

I’ve been looking at a lot of repeat designs lately, I’m really interested it Indian decoration, or any decorative repeat, and I decided to get some stamps carved that could be used in different configurations. The little circle stamps are pencil eraser size, the bigger four circle stamp is about one and a quarter inches square. I like the different things you can do with them.

Where I Stood…

We had our big holiday party last night. I stand surrounded in beer bottles. Sixty seven people. Wonderful time. Moving kinda slow today.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Calendar pages

Now that the calendars I made for Jane and mom have been given to them, I’d like to show you how they came out. Here’s February and April.

The theme is color!! I suspected mom was getting a little tired of my dark, dreary calendars, last year the theme was sacred text, and I went to great extremes (staining my bathtub) to get them to look dark and dirty. This year I tried to keep them bright!

A couple of close-ups to let you get the feel. I did them all from my hand carved rubber stamps. I pretty proud, I like the way they came out this year. I have to like them, I make myself one too, and I have to look at it all year.

Merry Merry

Hope you had a great holiday! I certainly did!

Wait until I get my shoes off before you start taking pictures!

Christmess.

Mom shows off the calendar I make her.

Jane checks out her calendar.

Jane and I play with the Gorey Dracula theater she got me.

The photographer is exhausted. Maybe it’s from looking at all that blue hair!

Where I Stood…

In front of my tree, in the spirit of Christmas presents, er, I mean Christmas present. Here’s another shot of the tree, it won’t get ornaments until after Christmas.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Pewabic Pottery

I got to go to Pewabic Pottery today, a beautiful Detroit institution. You can buy the most beautiful vessels and tiles there, if you’ve never checked it out you should. They are housed in a beautiful facility built in the Tudor Revival style in 1907. Cousin Susan called me this morning and asked if I was up for it, of course I was. After buying some pottery (who could resist?), we checked out the Conservatory on Belle Isle, and looked at all the wonderful poinsettia plants. Then a wonderful lunch in Greektown, such a lovely day. I’m so glad Susan called.

A stolen Christmas quiz

I’ve stolen Lynn’s Christmas quiz, more about my life….

1. Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags?
Wrapping paper, I love wrapping gifts. Often the wrapping is better than the present.

2. Real tree or artificial?
Real. The smell. Real evergreen smell. Worth all the bother.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Sometime the week before Christmas. It doesn’t need to be up until after my party, which is after Christmas.

4. When do you take down the tree?
Shortly after the party. It starts to get on my nerves.

5. Do you like Egg Nog?
Yum.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Was I still a child at 15? If I was, it was that great fringey leather jacket. Want to see it? I still have it.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes. No. Kind of. Two flamingo salt shakers and a small nest with an egg. And the wiseasauruses.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Stepfather, brother in law, men in general.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Sister. She likes cool stuff.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I make it a point not to remember bad presents.

11. Mail or email Christmas Cards?
Mail. 90 of them. Love getting them, and sending them. Handmade, every one.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Scrooge, aka A Christmas Carol, the 1951 version, with Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. Best Scrooge ever. Wonderful as a curmudgeon, even better at the end when he is redeemed.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I start making stuff in August. I start buying stuff when the stuff I’m making starts looking like it won’t work out.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Not a Christmas present…..

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
My mother’s homemade fudge, except she doesn’t make it anymore, I do, so I guess my homemade fudge.

16. Clear lights or coloured?
White on the tree, chunky color bulbs outside. Old hand-me-down lights.

17. Favorite Christmas Song?
Darlene Love, Christmas (baby please come home). She does it every year on Letterman, find the old ones on youtube, they are sensational! Looks like it won’t happen this year, with the writer’s strike. Rats.

18. Travel or stay home at Christmas?
Home. Always home.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer?
Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Prancer, Vixen, Rudolph, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Greed, Lust, Right to bear arms…..

20. Angel or Star on the top of the tree?
Whatever someone makes out of pipe cleaners and puts on the top. Did I mention all the decorations are pipe cleaners?

21. Open Christmas Eve or Morning?
Christmas eve at Mark’s parents, Christmas day at my mom’s.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Bad, drippy music, specifically “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives.

23. What’s the corniest family tradition you do or miss doing?
Don’t miss anything corny, just miss my dad.

24. What’s the worst thing you’ve seen related to Christmas?
Working retail, dealing with the public. Too many stories to recount.

25. Which looks best, theme trees or homey trees?
I’ve always been a fan of theme trees, especially if the theme is pipe cleaners.

26. Gingerbread or Sugar Cookies?
Chocolate chip. Then sugar. Then gingerbread.

27. Do you like fruitcake?
No.